Choosing the right web hosting for your startup is the first step to make sure you have a fast and smooth website!
For your business to succeed and grow on the internet these days, you have to juggle all sorts of things. This includes maintaining your website’s performance to maximize user experience so they are not encumbered by slow loading pages, errors or downtime.
The problem is, this can all become quickly overwhelming and very stressful. That is why I want to explore with you why choosing a reliable WordPress hosting service can be one of the most important decisions you can make.
Amongst my factors, I have mainly taken two things into consideration that basically makes the most sense to most startup companies. Price and performance.
How much will you have to pay, and will the performance be worth it?
What defines good web hosting for startups?
Within performance, I have broken down several key features that new or existing startup companies should take into consideration. I took speed, customer support, uptime, and ease of use. Let’s have a look at whether they’re worth your time and money.
When looking at performance, uptime is one of the most important aspects of choosing a web host solution. This is because if your site is down, your visitors can’t access it and that can be just as catastrophic as you imagine. Consistent uptime should be one of your top priorities.
According to an uptime study by Hostingfacts, Bluehost is a reliable hosting provider. Furthermore, page speed is crucial for user experience and SEO. Having hosted two websites with Bluehost, it was worth it for me.
Bluehost also offers its customers 24/7 live chat, unmetered bandwidth, and five email accounts.
One thing I loved about Bluehost is its simplicity. You can literally start your domain in under 15 minutes and it is very easy. Usually WordPress newbies like myself a few years ago, I used Bluehost to launch my first websites. And it worked wonders.
Regarding security, Bluehost provides a lot of good options by default. This includes a free SSL certificate for each plan and domain privacy feature that will help you keep your personal data you used to sign up for a private domain. What does this really mean? It simply prevents malicious software and malware hackers from finding and using your personal details.
If you were to go check out the starting prices, you’ll notice the lowest advertised price starts from $3.95/month. Looks pretty great! And that’s a pretty sweet deal considering they’ve supposedly reduced it already from $7.99/month originally. But there is a catch!
Getting the best deal on web hosting for your startup usually means prepaying for a year, or several years at a time. I signed up for a 3-year plan and saved myself a huge amount in the long term. But this incurs a heavier fee upfront.
For that price, you get pretty much everything you need for a single website. That includes 50 GB SSD storage, unmetered bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, and more.
So you’d be getting a pretty good value for the price, plus their consistent uptime and page loading speeds.
Luckily, they do offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on their plans. So if you’re having second thoughts, you can always cancel your plan.
You can try out the service to gauge their performance for yourself, and then still ask for a refund if you’re not completely satisfied. We have a few words of caution, though.
According to their terms, here’s what does and doesn’t fall under that guarantee:
- You can only get refunds on the web hosting cost, not any other products like domains or other add-ons.
- A $15.99 fee will be deducted if you received a free domain name in your plan.
- Any requests after 30 days will not be refunded.
It’s not exactly a no-questions-asked policy like I’ve seen with some other hosts. So make sure you’re OK with those points before signing up.
Bluehost is your place to go if you’re new to WordPress website creation. Its easy, fast, and reliable. For the price you pay, it is one of the cheapest you’ll find in the world. But we aware that you’ll have to pay a yearly fee.
Kinsta offers fast managed WordPress hosting with impressive levels of uptime and the ability to handle multiple visitors at the same time. The company provides premium managed WordPress hosting
You also get access to some genuinely cool features, such as automatic website backups, security monitoring and an easy-to-use staging environment. The support team is very helpful and very responsive via their 24/7 live chat service. You basically get an answer to a message request in a few minutes if not seconds.
What also makes Kinsta stand out is its user-friendly dashboard. Here you can see all your page visitors from various search engines (based on IP addresses.) The dashboard also has several other features such as redirection, clear cache, restarting PHP (useful in case of 404 errors in my case) and you can set a live or staging environment. There’s a lot more to add here.
With Kinsta, your site is hosted on the Google Cloud Platform, which is one of the most top-notch infrastructures you can get for your website.
There is a lot more to describe about the company and its features. But luckily you can launch a demo page with Kinsta to see all their perks.
The first thing you’ll notice is that Kinsta is pricey. Like super-pricey. Starting from $30 it moves up all the way to $1500. Depending on your page size, the number of WP pages, visitors, and storage, you can choose the most suitable plan for yourself.
But don’t let this daunt you! The perks do pay off if you plan on working with your website/s.
Before you go throwing money out the door to get the best performance and care for your website, you should know that Kinsta is not for every kind of WordPress site. For those people who are looking to compromise on hosting quality in order to save money, Kinsta is definitely not for them.
What can I say about Hostgator? Well, with one word I would describe it as: “basic.” They get a 3.6 from me. Not great, not terrible.
Their basic shared hosting plans come with unlimited storage, bandwidth, free domain (for the first year), and a free SSL certificate. They also have a pretty good customer service, through a live chat and answered each question quite fast. So that’s pretty good so far.
HostGator is tailor-made for beginners. If you are a new blogger or just want a simple site running, Hosgator is your option.
They have plenty of features for beginners who are looking to set up a site without the hassle of hiring other people to design, build, and manage everything. (Although I usually prefer going with Astra, OceanWP or Elementor to design my pages.)
On top of that, Hostgator customers get site analytics and a free SSL certificate to help safeguard your visitors’ personal data. Their site is full of tutorials, walkthroughs, and more to help you navigate the murky world of DNS and data centers.
So for absolute beginners who want to learn a bit of web design and web development, Hostgator is your best choice.
HostGator provides 3 different shared hosting plans you can choose from:
Hatchling plan: You get one domain name, unlimited disk space and storage, SSL certificate, and unlimited subdomains.$2.75 per month
Baby plan: It supports unlimited storage, bandwidth, and domain names. $3.95 per month
Business plan: It supports unlimited storage, bandwidth, and domain names. It comes with a free dedicated IP, SSL, and a toll-free number. $5.95 per month
One thing I do find quite generous is their refund policy. Just like Bluehost, they extend it to 30-days. This means you can give it a shot and still get your purchase price back if you feel unhappy for some reason.
The things I don’t like are, the extra fees they charge for basically everything!
They have several industry pricing tricks, to get you to sign up for a long term. For example, the first is advertising a low rate like $2.75/month. This is true, but the only problem is that it requires you prepaying for a full three years to actually get it. Otherwise, you’re looking at $10.95/month for an actual single month’s worth of service.
Hostgator is, just like I mentioned, basic. Its perks are offered by many other hosting companies. However, However, a combination of the slow speeds (a complaint from many customers) and extra pricing hikes make it too expensive to be considered a decent value.
Let’s cut the chase and describe Dreamhost with two words: “Not bad!” Ok let’s put some words there: “It’s actually pretty good!” 😀
I’m impressed and expected something similar to Hostgator.
You get the above-average website speed and uptime.
Also, you don’t have to worry about disk storage or network transfer when your site gets more traffic. They mentioned a lot of “unlimited” features on their pricing and plans.
To me, Dreamhost is everything Bluehost has to offer, BUT with the monthly payment options. The default plan limits are pretty high And this is just great! You can get the same benefits, from reliable uptime to quick loading times by paying either per year or per month.
Unlike with Hostgator, there’s no price increase when your hosting plan renews. AND! They have a 97-day refund policy to make sure you’re happy with the service! Now that’s something I was really happy with!
Dreamhost is actually better than expected. It has the same or similar performance and price as Bluehost, but with the chance to choose a monthly or yearly payment. There are no additional “surprise costs” and uptime and speed are all pretty satisfactory.
Lets’s Summarize – Web hosting for startups
At the end of the day, all of these hosting solutions will be suitable for running a fast and smooth website for your visitors. But you should consider your budget and your experience level with web design before opening your wallet. Bluehost and Dreamhost are the best choices for easy-to-make and cheap websites. But be aware that Bluehost only offers yearly plans, so you’ll have to pay a lot more in advance.
Kinsta is perhaps the best hosting solution on the market. But they do not offer email hosting and you’ll have to purchase a domain name from Namecheap for example. This is better for more experienced users who really want to avoid downtime and slow loading pages.
Hostgator is your in-between. While the company does not have great reviews like Kinsta or Bluehost, they are still a suitable hosting solution with some strong benefits for absolute beginners. But Bluehost and Dreamhost tick the box for that too.